The public are asked to delve into their family archives to bring items along to a unique exhibition launch at the Public Record Office.
The Holding Together exhibition by Bryonie Reid and Gemma Reid begins on 4 December 2019 and will run until 31 January 2020.
The exhibition is a collaborative work funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Bryonie is a writer and artist exploring identity and place and Gemma is a heritage professional specialising in community engagement.
The exhibition is inspired by a wealth of papers, photographs and objects in a private family archive belonging to the artists shedding light on lived experiences of 19th- and 20th-century Ireland. Stories pieced together from the archive touch on plantation; the Reid family’s north-south connections and migration; its Quaker faith and later move into the Exclusive Brethren church; and the flax spinning industry in Belfast.
The public are invited to bring something of their own to the launch – a photograph or letter or other small item – that conjures up something about their past, in order to explore what they mean in the present and why we pass them on.
The exhibition will be on display from 4 December 2019 until 31 January 2020.
Notes to editors:
- PRONI is at 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast. For details on opening hours, see nidirect or call 028 90 534800
- Bryonie Reid and Gemma Reid work as Quarto Collective.
- Further details on booking can be found at nidirect.
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